Quito is located on two slopes of the Pichincha volcano that merges into the Andean landscape at an altitude of 2,800 meters above the sea level. The relief of Quito city is rugged.
Urban Morphology in Quito city
The historic area has an area of 348 ha. The planners who had been influenced by the Andes were able to draw in a complex relief. The checkerboards were rigorously prescribed by the Law of the Indies. The islets are 84 meters long and a central square occupies the heart of the city.
The regularity of the plan contrasts between monumental and residential architecture. In other parts of the city, there are numerous religious buildings from the 16th-18th centuries.
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